Jennifer Beaston Hedrick
Jen was born in Pennsylvania, but spent her childhood moving around the United States and most of her adulthood moving around the world. She majored in Finance and International Business for her B.S. from the University of Colorado, but more importantly learned to love the outdoors by backpacking and skiing at every opportunity. Jen completed her MBA at Thunderbird both at their Phoenix campus and took advantage of their campus outside of Geneva so she could live in Chamonix to ski, hike, mountain bike and commute down for classes.
Jen brings deep experience in both business and development work, primarily in Africa, but also in Asia and Europe. Prior to joining Eagle Mount she was the Country Director for Peace Corps Rwanda. Before that she was Chief Operating Officer for Tostan, a human rights organization working in communities across Africa. Earlier in her career she worked in investment banking, international banking, IT, social venture capital and was a Small Enterprise Development Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Senegal.
Jen and her husband, Chris Hedrick moved to Bozeman in the Summer of 2016, because they found it to truly be the “Best Last Place”. A wonderful community to raise their 4 wonderful younger boys, and host visits from their 2 independent older boys and 3 adorable grandchildren.
Big Sky Program Director
Chad was born and raised in Montana and has always had a great appreciation for the outdoor opportunities the state has to offer. After graduating from Montana State University with a BS in Business Marketing & Management he moved to Seattle to work for Boeing in the Commercial Airplanes Division. Chad returned to Bozeman in 2003 to work as a project manager in the construction field in Big Sky. After volunteering for Eagle Mount’s ski program for 3 seasons, Chad was very excited to make the move to running the Big Sky program in 2011.
Big Sky Kids Director
Kara was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, which perhaps explains her love of nature and her strong aversion to being indoors! Since graduating from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a B.A. in English Literature, Kara has traveled through the mountains of New Zealand, led adventure-based trips for teens around the world, and lived in a cabin in Colorado with zero cell reception (or wifi!) where she taught Environmental Science and led ropes courses to visiting Denver schools and children with disabilities. A jack of many trades, Kara has also worked as a camp counselor, sailing instructor, ceramics teacher, and horseback riding teacher, and she is beyond excited to be the Big Sky Kids Program Director here at Eagle Mount!
Thrilled to be living in Montana, Kara is happiest when she is hiking, horseback riding, camping, or snowboarding, and is ecstatic to be able to share some of her greatest passions with the wonderful families, volunteers, and donors who are involved in the Big Sky Kids program! While she definitely misses the warm ocean in Hawaii, the community she has found here is truly incredible, and she feels so lucky to be a part of it!
Therapeutic Horsemanship Program Director
Maggee was raised in northeastern Connecticut where she was an active horse 4-H member. She attended the University of Connecticut and received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Animal Science. While at UCONN she helped reinstate a collegiate 4-H Club, was inducted into Alpha Zeta (Agricultural Honor Society), assisted in the establishment of the Women’s Indoor Polo team and started the Mounted Drill Team. She has significant post graduate work in Special Education from George Mason University prior to relocating to Montana. She has worked in medical research and bovine genetic engineering. She is the past-president of the Bozeman Area Special Education PTA which she helped establish in 2004.
Maggee is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Riding Instructor and serves as the PATH State Chair for Montana. She became a PATH Mentor in 2010 and teaches Eagle Mount’s Instructor in Training course in the summer.
Adaptive Sports Director
When Vasu was only nine months old, he was diagnosed with septicemia, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs. Since then, Vasu has not looked back; with the help of his parents, brother, and friends, Vasu has built up the confidence needed to face new challenges with grace, courage, strength, humor, and unwavering determination.
Vasu witnessed extreme poverty growing up in India, and has been living most of his life with a “dis”ability. He looks at these experiences as a blessing; they have both allowed him to truly hone in on his ability to empathize with others. He continues to strengthen this muscle by pursuing his passion of helping others through his work in advocacy for those who face mental and physical limitations. Vasu will continue to inspire others to be a positive influence in their own communities by pushing personal limits, putting others first, and encouraging people to believe in themselves and in their own unique abilities!
Amber is a Montana native. Growing up in Billings, she swam competitively from grade school through high school, and continues to swim with the Bozeman Masters. After graduating high school, she spent several summers as an EMT and Park Ranger for Yellowstone National Park and volunteered in the winters with the Cooke City Search and Rescue team. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University .Since moving to Bozeman with her husband in 2007, Amber has taught in the Bozeman School District and Gallatin Rural Schools. She has also been a regular volunteer with the Eagle Mount swim program and an Aquatic Coach for Special Olympics. She is excited to be part of the Eagle Mount team.
Bridger Ski Assistant
Adaptive Sports Program Coordinator
Horsemanship Assistant Director
Horsemanship Volunteer Coordinator
Big Sky Kids Assistant
Bridger Sit Ski Assistant
All Abilities Swim Program Coordinator
Cross Country Coordinator
Young at Heart Instructor
Big Sky Assistant Director
Adaptive Sports Program Manager